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Ruckus Rules Video Streaming Stress Test

September 22, 2017
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

Wi-Fi solution provider, Ruckus, has come out on top in stress tests comparing it with competitors. The tests aimed in demonstrating the ability of supplier access points to stream video to Chromebooks.

Tests were conducted both with and without additional network loading from Mac Mini data clients. One test involved 30 video clients and 30 data clients. The other included 60 video clients and just two data clients.

Ruckus reports that its mid-range 802.11ac R610 was the only AP that maintained stall-free video delivery to all 30 clients while under heavy network loading from data-only clients. In the other test, Ruckus says its AP was the only one that maintained stall-free video delivery to all 60 video clients both with and without network loading. Divergent Dynamics validated these test results.

These results are noteworthy, Ruckus says, in light of the growing video traffic on wireless local area networks. The company goes on to point out the Cisco (News - Alert) Visual Networking Index forecast that advanced video communications by enterprises is expected to increase business IP traffic by three times between last year and 2021.

Video can be used in a variety of business applications and use cases. And ensuring a good video experience through the use of high performing access points like the ones Ruckus delivers can result in fewer IT helpdesk tickets, meaning less hassle and lower IT support costs, the company notes.

"Ruckus is committed to ensuring the highest quality of experience for each user, regardless of traffic type," said Greg Beach, vice president of wireless products at Ruckus, which is a business unit of Brocade (News - Alert). "Video is becoming more prevalent in every WLAN environment and, in contrast to most types of data traffic, poor video delivery is immediately apparent to the end user. The Divergent Dynamics report is further testament to Ruckus' unique ability to ensure a great end-user Wi-Fi experience—without over-procuring—even under the most challenging of circumstances."

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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